Wat Pathum Wanaram is located in the central shopping district, between the Siam Paragon shopping center and Central World. I have seen this Wat from the BTS Skytrain many times, it is attractive but I never had the desire to visit as it is located just off a very, very busy road. I didn’t know about the garden and prayer/meditation area behind the main portion of the Wat. This area is the highlight, it is completely shaded by large trees, there are nice walkways and the Wat is open to the green foliage on all four sides.
Once again, this is something I find unique about Bangkok. This Wat is surrounded by busy streets, shopping malls and high rise office buildings, but once in the garden the setting is tranquil. A friend told me that many people that world in the Siam Paragon shopping mall and surrounding retail stores visit this Wat each week during their lunch break.
I highly suggest a visit to the Wat and especially a walk in thegarden area, it is an amazing contrast to the hustle and bustle found on the streets just outside.